Wii successor named 'Wii U'

At Nintendo's E3 press briefing, it revealed the Wii successor: the Wii U. The company confirmed the touch screen controller, HD functionality, and a variety of non-gaming functions.

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[Update] Nintendo has sent out a fact cheek and photo of the Wii U (below). We've combed through the sheet for more details. The controller features a 6.2-inch screen, accelerometer, gyroscope, rumble, inward-facing camera, microphone, and speakers, plus the "classic" controller scheme. Each console comes paired with one touchscreen controller, and can support up to four additional Wii Remotes as well. [Original Story] At Nintendo's E3 briefing, the company named its next game console the 'Wii U' and showed off the controller. Iwata confirmed that the system is in HD, and a teaser video showed off the touch screen controller in action. Games can be played remotely on the controller's screen, streamed from the Wii U device itself. Iwata promised it would be done "without latency issues." Besides the touch screen, the controller sports traditional button configuration, dual-sticks, a touch pad, stylus, microphone, and camera. The teaser video showed a variety of ways that the controller interacted with a TV screen, like zooming in, used as an aiming device, and serving as the menu for a teaser of an HD Zelda game. It also showed video calls, web browsing, and Iwata promised backwards compatibility with the existing Wii. Iwata warned that the console is not designed to be portable, and is instead meant to stay in proximity of the Wii U hub system, which we didn't see. It's coming in 2012. Tech demos for the Wii U will be available on the show floor. The Nintendo conference is still ongoing. Shacknews will update as more details become available.

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    June 7, 2011 9:58 AM

    Steve Watts posted a new article, Wii successor named 'Wii U'.

    At Nintendo's E3 press briefing, it revealed the Wii successor: the Wii U. The company confirmed the touch screen controller, HD functionality, and a variety of non-gaming functions.

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      June 7, 2011 10:02 AM

      oh goddamn fucking lol

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      June 7, 2011 10:02 AM

      Wii U?

      Oh Jesus Christ.

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      June 7, 2011 10:03 AM

      They call it a controller, not a console

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        June 7, 2011 10:20 AM

        I think the Devs in the video did suggesst it waas streaming from a the home console.

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      June 7, 2011 10:05 AM

      That controller looks mighty big and uncomfortable.

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      June 7, 2011 10:05 AM

      What a relief! I thought for a second there they'd call it something silly.

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      June 7, 2011 10:11 AM

      Hopefully by backwards compatible they mean you can use the Wii remote with this new hardware. Can't imagine trying to use that control to play like bowling or boxing. Hopefully there will be some footage on the web shortly to show more.

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        June 7, 2011 10:27 AM

        Reggie did say you could use all the Wii accessories with the Wii U

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      June 7, 2011 10:29 AM

      *facepalm*

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      June 7, 2011 10:35 AM

      This is all I can think about when I read that name.

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0JElywbkSbY

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      June 7, 2011 10:36 AM

      Looks badass for a game like Jeopardy!! First thing that came to mind when I saw it.

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        June 7, 2011 11:16 AM

        Looks awesome for 3 or 4 game ideas and then that's it.

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      June 7, 2011 10:36 AM

      Wii u Wii u. Are the po lease coming after me?

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      June 7, 2011 10:38 AM

      Why are the analog sticks above the d-pad and the buttons.
      Also, wtf not portable? What the hell is the point of streaming you video game to this tiny ass screen when your console is going to be hooked up to your tv right in front of you?

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      June 7, 2011 10:39 AM

      So are you suppose to concentrate on two screens at once that are not even the same size? There's gonna be a lot of neck injuries looking up and then down, then up, then down. Kinda like watching a stripper go up and down her pole except less fun.

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        June 7, 2011 10:50 AM

        I disagree. I know a lot of people who have a laptop or iPad when they watch TV. I think 2 screens aren't really that taxing.

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          June 7, 2011 10:52 AM

          big difference between watching TV and playing a game

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          June 7, 2011 7:32 PM

          Most people I know that play with laptops or iPads while watching TV aren't really watching their TV, just listening and occasionally glancing up.

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        June 7, 2011 11:20 AM

        That's entirely up to the developers. I doubt many will force you to literally be playing a game across both screens at the same time.

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          June 7, 2011 12:12 PM

          Yeah, playing two linked games simultaneously would be a bit too hardcore for most gamers.

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        June 7, 2011 11:29 AM

        Is it any different than the issue facing developers with the 3DS? You're still doing the look up/down thing and you also have to re-acquire the 3d effect.

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        June 7, 2011 1:07 PM

        Yes, if the developer is an idiot, that will happen.

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      June 7, 2011 10:41 AM

      Ohh Wii U, killer tofu!

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      June 7, 2011 10:45 AM

      "The PSVita? Really Sony? Don't you know silly names are our turf? Here, let us prove it to you! /Our/ new console will be the 'Wii U'. See, we're just better at this than you are."
      - Nintendo

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        June 7, 2011 11:06 AM

        Heard at work:

        Coworker 1: "Well, if you say it over and over again really fast, it's fun! Wii U Wii U Wii U Wii U It's like a siren!"
        Coworker 2: "Shit - I better not let my kid hear about this..."

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      June 7, 2011 10:52 AM

      Terrible name, not great idea.

      Think I'll stay in the unconvinced column

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      June 7, 2011 10:53 AM

      good god! that thing looks unconfortable and expensive

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      June 7, 2011 11:01 AM

      no u

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      June 7, 2011 11:05 AM

      Out of the 3 underwhelming pressers, I think Nintendo won. In summation:

      Observation:
      Nintendo introduces what is mostly the equivalent to a mouse for a console, screams innovation.

      PS to developers:
      Know how you've been making 360 and PS3 content for the past 5 years? You can now keep milking the same tech for ANOTHER five years!

      Obligatory:
      We here you like controlling games! So we put a controller in your controller so you can game while you game.

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        June 7, 2011 11:13 AM

        Microsoft: Please, please buy Kinects.

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          June 7, 2011 11:26 AM

          worked for me! Kinect is fucking awesome and only just starting to be taken advantage of

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        June 7, 2011 1:36 PM

        equivalent to a mouse for a console?

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      June 7, 2011 11:07 AM

      I really like the game streaming idea... I want that on NGP. So when the wife watches TV, I can just boot up the NGP and play some RDR or Killzone.

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      June 7, 2011 11:09 AM

      Also, I'm wondering about how the Wii U controller gets it's stuff. Are load times going to be bonkers because of a wireless transmit at the beginning of every game? Are they using something better (if so, proprietary) than a simple Wireless-N transfer?

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      June 7, 2011 11:13 AM

      WTF no Wii game upscaling?!? Reggie Fils-Aime just confirmed it. :(

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        June 7, 2011 11:18 AM

        I was VERY surprised by this as well. I'm really disappointed.

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        June 7, 2011 11:25 AM

        It's not trivial, probably not really worth their trouble to support it across the board.

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        June 7, 2011 11:30 AM

        Haven't PS3 and the 360 more or less proved that noone gives a fuck about backwards compatibility? Sure people, scream about it but they don't actually direct their dollars toward it.

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          June 7, 2011 11:41 AM

          I think you're right up to a point. The PS3 benefited from the initial backwards compatibility. I mean the PS2 library was huge and good games were still coming out. The initial PS3 title launch...was less than stellar and the BC gave PS fans relief during the drought.

          From a personal standpoint, I'm really glad the PS3 had backwards compatibility; however, since my original PS3 broke I'm not missing the PS2 features as much.

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          June 7, 2011 11:58 AM

          I don't think that's true at all. The first year or so I was playing more PS2 games on my PS3 than actual PS3 games. Same for the Wii (in fact I didn't own a Gamecube of my own so this gave me the chance to play a ton of great GC games). Of course now that they don't really make games for those older platforms anymore it doesn't really matter for the current gen, but to push sales of a new system I think it helps quite a bit.

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          June 7, 2011 12:01 PM

          I sure enjoyed the God of War re-release though.

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        June 7, 2011 12:13 PM

        it's not about resolution , it's about graphics quality , it will probably upscale to resolution but ofcourse with the loss .... it was in a context of not being "native" 1080p so it's going to look inferor ofcourse , upscaling is just sophisticated streching basically ... doesn't improve any quality other than it looks better than it would if you just manually strecth it by hand (zoom) .... it's about GPU effects that enhance the image so it's not about hardware problem to upsale to 1080p ..you're not doing anything to the files or with the game code.

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          June 7, 2011 12:14 PM

          so resolution upscaling will definitely be there i hope ... i mean , they won't leave it with black bars ... and i hope it's not gonna be just a zoom in.

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            June 7, 2011 12:17 PM

            Yeah... that would suck.

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            June 7, 2011 1:01 PM

            Upscaling is pretty much just a zoom in with a few tricks.

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              June 7, 2011 1:01 PM

              Also most TV will do it if the console doesn't.

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                June 7, 2011 3:06 PM

                yes, but the consoles do it better (Better HDTVs have better hardware) = GPU acceleration = "few tricks" ...

                for example, if you have 720p video source , you play it via USB onto the HDTV , while a neighbour would passthrought a computer with GPU output and all those settings enabled (ex. ATI catalyst) ... guess which picture would upscale better , since TV wouldn't not need to upscale , the GPU will enhance the image and output it to the TV .... the TV will see it as native signal, avoiding the onboard scaler.

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        June 7, 2011 5:02 PM

        PREORDER CANCELED

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      June 7, 2011 11:15 AM

      This is ging to sell like crazy and we're all going to end up with one eventually.

      ;(

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        June 7, 2011 11:35 AM

        And it will fairly rapidly lose what little gimmicky appeal it has once there are no 3rd-party games. Sad but true. :(

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          June 7, 2011 1:01 PM

          Stupid Nintendo and their lack of 3rd-party games like Ninja Gaiden, Battlefield 3, Darksiders 2, Madden, Tekken, Aliens: Colonial Marines, Assassin's Creed 3, Ghost Recon, etc.

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        June 7, 2011 11:37 AM

        Nope. Learned my lesson with the Wii that is literally used for nothing but running Netflix.

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          June 7, 2011 11:57 AM

          At least the new one will do 1080p Netflix!

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        June 7, 2011 8:01 PM

        At least we can play Mario Galaxy while taking a dump now haha

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      June 7, 2011 11:18 AM

      Looks cool. I'm looking forward to what this brings 2 player games.

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      June 7, 2011 11:19 AM

      Everyone is just gonna call this the Wii 2. This name makes it sound like a university of urination.

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      June 7, 2011 11:19 AM

      you're all forgetting the most important feature of this new system

      POOPING just went hardcore gaming

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        June 7, 2011 11:22 AM

        That's a damn fine point actually. Being able to pause the game and bring it into the bathroom with you will rock.

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          June 7, 2011 11:34 AM

          I wouldn't bank on anything beyond a bluetooth strength signal. So unless your bathroom is directly off your entertainment room (not a bad placement), I doubt it'll work.

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            June 7, 2011 12:18 PM

            Mine, at the moment, actually is, although I'll probably be moving before this thing comes state side.

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            June 7, 2011 12:53 PM

            PS3 Bluetooth has some ridiculous range in my house.

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        June 7, 2011 11:31 AM

        can do that with ps vita for less money probably

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          June 7, 2011 11:36 AM

          Understood, but I like the way the controller can interact with the screen. It's neat. I try to keep the Vita separate and not look at the new Wii U controller as a portable, cuz it's not.

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      June 7, 2011 11:32 AM

      While I'm iffy on that big honkin' controller thing I can understand why they limited it to the proximity of the Wii. Originally, I rather liked the PSP's attempt to stream games, movies, and such from the PS3. But even on an internal Wi-fi network (granted 802.11b), it was pretty laggy most of the time.

      The technocrat in me wants it, but the gamer in me goes why? Still, like Apple I'm hesitant to call anything Nintendo does foolish. With the exception of the Vitality sensor foolishness often turns out to be brilliance in the end.

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      June 7, 2011 11:34 AM

      Wii U brow me?

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      June 7, 2011 11:36 AM

      Well, I've got to hand it to Nintendo - they're genius'
      I hope people do something interesting with it

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        June 7, 2011 11:37 AM

        I can't tell if this post is intentionally funny or not

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      June 7, 2011 11:54 AM

      WII AEIIIIOOOOUUUUU JOHN MADDEN JOHN MADDEN AEEEIIIIOOOOOUUUU

      http://youtu.be/Hv6RbEOlqRo

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      June 7, 2011 11:57 AM

      Part of me wonders if Nintendo lost the magic again for consoles. We all have to wait and see, but it would be un-Nintendo of them to up the price with some sweet graphics. Not to mention that you'd have to convince 3rd parties to support the textures.

      But then the 360 and PS3 are old in tech terms. It may not be that expensive to exceed them and keep the price reasonable. But it's a very odd niche: You have to convince the gamer of 3rd party buy-in (plus make it more compelling than the PS3 or 360) and the casuals that the Wii isn't good enough anymore and that Kinect is a flash in the pan. Plus, the NGP looks like it'll scratch the transition console itch I've started to develop.

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        June 7, 2011 11:58 AM

        ^^ Nintendo wet team got him.

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        June 7, 2011 11:59 AM

        I can see them having an issue getting 3rd party exclusives that would draw core gamers. All of their exclusives are mostly family based and shovelware.

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        June 7, 2011 12:01 PM

        I don't expect Microsoft or Sony to jump in with $600 consoles in 2014. And if the Wii launches at $400 and the next MS/Sony consoles also launch at $400 2 years later there isn't going to be a huge difference quality.

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        June 7, 2011 12:03 PM

        "Hey. Third-party devs. We sold eighty million of our last "kiddie" console that everyone hated. You in or out?"

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          June 7, 2011 12:08 PM

          "Hey. Nintendo. You actually got buttons and thumbsticks on this shit yet so we don't have to design a wholly different game to bring it over? We'll think about it."

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            June 7, 2011 12:21 PM

            Also, you're technologically competent so we don't have to dumb down our shit to the point where it looks like it came from 1996.

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            June 7, 2011 12:21 PM

            And the answer is yes!

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            June 7, 2011 12:22 PM

            "lol going to the bank brb" apple

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      June 7, 2011 12:14 PM

      I like all of the optimism over devs figuring out how to use a new control method well.

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        June 7, 2011 12:16 PM

        this is one of the weird things, that they think all that freedom is better than streamlining things to reliable functions. or in other words Nintendo loves gimmicks.

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          June 7, 2011 12:44 PM

          They've introduced every major controller change since the SNES, I don't think they're going to stop any time soon.

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          June 7, 2011 1:02 PM

          Or, in other words, people who don't want to have to learn how to use the 13 buttons, two analog sticks, d-pad, etc., on a current console controller will be able to play games too. Making games "streamlined" only goes so far when you're dealing with the current controllers.

      • Zek
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        June 7, 2011 1:11 PM

        Unlike the Wii this actually has a completely conventional controller you can use. Developers who don't want to think too hard can just slap a menu on the screen and be done with it.

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          June 7, 2011 4:07 PM

          I said it in another thread, but I think this is absolutely the best thing about it. Developers can make games that appeal to both the hardcore, and the casual audience on the same console. I think it's a pretty big step for gaming in general, and I'd wager the new console is going to sell heaps because of it.

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          June 7, 2011 4:35 PM

          But then why buy the game for the Wii U when you probably already have a 360 or PS3?

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      June 7, 2011 12:23 PM

      Update! We now included some new details from the fact sheet and a photo of the Wii U. If you look closely, you can see the actual box (hub) in the background.

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      June 7, 2011 12:35 PM

      Sigh. This will be the same as every single nintendo system since the gamecube for me, including the handhelds.

      Basically, Ill buy one after 2 or 3 price drops and/or when a new Metroid comes out.... maybe. Depends on where they take the franchise. To be honest though, the GC had some great games and it most certainly was not simple a Metroid machine for me. The wii though, sigh. They are going to have to impress the hell out of me with software.

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      June 7, 2011 12:35 PM

      And next one will be called Wii C U.

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      June 7, 2011 12:49 PM

      Wiii U, Wii U, Pull Ovah! Pull Ovah!
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SQBLzotAn3M&t=45s

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      June 7, 2011 1:02 PM

      With everything that they threw into the controller, I'm surprised the screen isn't 3D like the 3DS's screen.
      2 sticks, D-pad, 4 buttons, 4 triggers, accelerometers, gyroscopes, microphone, speakers, touchscreen, camera - the only thing it is missing from any controller ever is a 3D screen.

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      June 7, 2011 2:37 PM

      Noone is even mentioning that the "extra controllers" are probably going to cost $$$. This isn't your average $40 controller...wtf are they thinking!

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        June 7, 2011 2:52 PM

        We went over that pretty thoroughly in a prior thread, they're definitely going to be a little more expensive than normal I'm sure, but not as much as people are thinking they're going to be else it simply won't sell.

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      June 7, 2011 2:53 PM

      I honestly think Vita is a worse name than Wii U, but they're both bad.

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      June 7, 2011 3:09 PM

      couldn't they have just called it the super wii?

      god damn I hate the name "wii"

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      June 7, 2011 3:13 PM

      This is all I can hear when I read "Wii U"

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0sYN5nzG_9Q

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      June 7, 2011 4:08 PM

      Why not evolve the Wii? You know, actual responsive motion controls, maybe a more clever IR tracking system (there has to be some way for my cursor to be where I'm pointing...), and advances in ergonomics (two analog sticks, buttons that are sensibly placed, something less ridiculous than the wiimote).

      Instead, we get a huge-ass brick with questionable utility in games. Why is it questionable? Because it seems like most games will make it an optional mini-map or inventory screen so that you can disable that functionality to play it on the shitter. That, or so that you can use your wiimote-nunchuk combo instead. In other words, most games will put garbage on the mini display. Making the Nintendo Viewing Brick mandatory isn't very attractive if you want your game to be as versatile as possible.

      I also think that it will be less funcredible than we'd like to believe. It's going to know where you're pointing it about as well as the wiimote does, because it uses the same sensors to gauge its position relative to your TV. Why not go all-in and have a shitty $5 backward facing camera that would know exactly where your TV is? It would then be able to do all that shit that we're wishing for: act as a magnifying glass, an xray viewer, a camera (Pokemon Snap!), a shield, a canvas for painting on surfaces in the larger world, etc etc. Instead, we're going to get games that try to use this functionality, but it will be hindered by limited functionality (especially if the sensors are only on the top and it just has to rely on motion sensing... hopefully that is not the case).

      I know, it will sell like hotcakes, but ... Wii Fit. That's my response to that.

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      June 7, 2011 4:18 PM

      soooo its a HD VMU. nice.

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      June 7, 2011 4:29 PM

      Call me crazy but i think Nintendo fans will buy it.

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      June 7, 2011 4:33 PM

      Ooh, Wii U? I look just like Buddy Holly!

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      June 7, 2011 4:38 PM

      Does it play Gamecube games? If I could sell my Wii right now...

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      June 7, 2011 4:41 PM

      it also won't launch until next holiday season meaning whatever sony and microsofts next console is I'd put good money on them showing it off next e3 to take the steam out of nintendo

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      June 7, 2011 5:30 PM

      Every time I hear the name "Wii U", I'm going to think of Kung Pow.

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0JElywbkSbY

      I'll never be able to not hear it.

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      June 7, 2011 7:09 PM

      So will it only use one U unit or can it be four of them per console?

      Also that's gotta be fucking expensive, I mean the controller has to be no less than $100.

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      June 7, 2011 7:12 PM

      ho hum another day, another legion of gamertards criticizing Nintendo while they laugh ATWTTB

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        June 7, 2011 7:12 PM

        GAMERTARDS

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        June 7, 2011 8:02 PM

        Probably want to avoid insulting people in the future based on things that haven't transpired. If Nintendo taught the world anything with the Wii, it's that no one know what'll infatuate the gaming public.

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      June 7, 2011 10:34 PM

      "Whew" ...at least, that's what I'll be calling it. Not that it's a sigh of relief or anything.


      The thing I'm wondering about is all of the downloadable/Virtual Console games. If I were to get this it would be to replace my Wii...and I stopped buying those and pretty much stopped using the Wii when I ran out of room. They did finally fix that by letting you run from the SD card, but it was too late for me. If they want me back, I'd want to be able to access all of that from the new console and not have to shell out for it all over again.

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      June 7, 2011 11:46 PM

      Knock knock.
      Who's there?
      Wii U.
      Wii U who?
      Wii U ever stop with these weird names?

      :(

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      June 8, 2011 12:19 AM

      that controller looks huge

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      June 8, 2011 5:59 AM

      What's a "fact cheek" ?